<i>Fur</i> or hair: l’effroi et l’attirance of the wild-woman

Jacqueline Lazú

in The Last Taboo

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print January 2011 | ISBN: 9780719075001
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781702567 | DOI:
Fur or hair: l’effroi et l’attirance of the wild-woman

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This chapter focuses on four elements which best reveal the tie that binds the seemingly closed symbols of the play Fur (2000). A Play in Nineteen Scenes, by Migdalia Cruz. The first and most evident element is the allusion to William Shakespeare's The Tempest. Next, the images of cannibalism and their history expose how Cruz challenges the objectification of women's bodies by inverting standards of ‘appropriate female behaviours’ related to eating and maintaining the ‘ideal body’. This then provides an opportunity to reflect upon the traditions of consumerism and spectacle that have been an integral part of Western history and its relation to individual, racialised bodies. Finally, the chapter offers some solutions to the symbolism of hair versus fur, and its relation to human behaviours that have successfully controlled and defined these bodies. These elements demonstrate that Fur (2000) is in fact a text about colonialism, its evolution and how it is incorporated in the female body.

Keywords: Fur (2000); Migdalia Cruz; colonialism; female body; Tempest; cannibalism; ideal body; consumerism; hair; fur

Chapter.  9898 words. 

Subjects: Literature

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